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Unusual Annual Events Around the World

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Unusual Annual Events Around the World

Australia’s Stiletto Sprint

One of the more unusual annual events is Australia’s stiletto sprint. Every year more than 250 women assemble at the overseas passenger terminal at Sydney Harbor. The women, wearing three-inch heels, shorts and tee-shirts, compete in an 80-meter sprint for thousands of dollars in cash prizes. Australia maintains the Guinness World Record for the most number of participants in a sprint wearing heels. The 2008 race champion pocketed $5,000.

Coney Island's Mermaid Parade

Coney Island, USA has its own unique annual event, The Mermaid Parade, which is one of New York’s summer highlights and the largest art parade in the country. The event was founded in 1983 by the Coney Island Circus Sideshow. The parade is in honor of the area’s Mardi Gras that took place annually from 1903 to 1954. Participants wear stunning hand-made mermaid, Neptune and sea-creature costumes. Each year a Queen Mermaid and King Neptune preside over the event and open the ocean for the summer swimming season. The parade is followed by the Mermaid Parade Ball at which participants gather to party and listen to live music.

Boryeong Mud Festival

The Boryeong Mud Festival is an annual event that takes place each summer in Boryeong, South Korea. The event began in 1998 and by 2006 was already drawing more than 1.5 million visitors to the area. The mud used in the festival is dug up near Boryeong and transported to the Daechon beach and off-loaded at ‘Mud Experience Land.’ The mud is rich in minerals and is considered to be good for the skin. Events include a giant mud tub for children to play in, mud hand printing, mud sliding, mud massage and even a mud prison.

Australia’s Tunarama

Tunarama takes place in Port Lincoln, Australia over the Australia Day Long Weekend (the weekend closest to January 26th). The family-friendly event attracts up to 45,000 local and international visitors who come to see the Championship Tuna Toss in which male and female participants attempt to toss a 8-10 kilo fish as far as they possible can. There is a range of other attractions such as live music, competitions for all ages, regional seafood, art displays and water sports.

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